I'm a little confused so maybe I can make a link with someone here...
I am Stacey Philip Cutshaw (dob 1969) son of a George Philip Cutshaw, Jr., son of a George Philip Cutshaw Sr.
George Sr. (g'father) owned a handful of stores in the Bluff Mountain area of Sevierville/Pigeon Forge, TN. My grandfather owned land on Bluff Mountain that was eventually sold to developers in the 1980'/90's.He lived for a time in Middlesboro, KY during the 30's - 40's where my father was born; I've got great pictures of flooding of the town from that time period. He also sired two daughters: Margaret and Grace. George Sr. died in 1977 at the age of 72 in Maryville TN (Everett Hill,) so I guess that would make give him a DOB of ~ 1905.
As I recall, he had two brothers but I don't remember their names... (I need to look up old photos.) His father, my great grandfather, was named Otto and married to a full- Cherokee wife. I probably can find both my great-grandmother's name as well as my grandfather's brothers when I dig out the photo album.
My father used to tell me we were NOT related to the Greene County Cutshaws for whatever that is worth... sounds like an old-fashioned East Tenn feud to me :)
Somewhere along the line (funerals & weddings) I came up with the sense that the family line I belonged to were the descendants of Pennsylvania Mennonites who immigrated from Germany under the name Gottschalk. Gottschalk, I think, means "Voice of God" meaning that they were German bell smiths.
I understood that another line of Cutshaws were the descendents of Hessian mercenaries employed to fight on behalf of the British during the revolutionary war. Many of these Hessian Cutshaws were taken as prisoners of war and, following the end of hostilities, either elected to remain or simply couldn't afford to return home. These were not supposed to be my ancestors but then again, the Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow fame was one of these same Hessian mercenaries... would my family REALLY tell me if we belonged to that line???
I was told there was another cousin who still lived on Bluff Mountain and made his living as an artist. My grandfather was locally known for his retirement hobby of selling painted rocks (owls with eyes, etc) and crafts in souvenir shops of Pigeon Forge and Townsend during the seventies.
Help me link the generations together so I have a clear sense to explain to my own children. My father divorced from my mother when I was three, so I wasn't as close to my paternal side as I would have liked.
BTW - "Stacey" was my mother's idea of a sick joke. I am male (6'3", 215) and was supposed to be "George Philip Cutshaw, II" until a week b4 I was born when my mother watched some silly western with a cute cowboy named "Stacey." I've always sort of identified with the Johnny Cash song, "A Boy Name Sue."
I have a wife and two children and am employed in St. Louis as a broadcast engineer for a television station.